UNFRIENDLY FIRE AS T.A. BALES OUT!
Weekend warriors made a sow's ear out of a military exercise - by setting fire to a pig man's straw.
Three hundred bales burst into flames when a flare whooshed into a Scots List of Scots is an incomplete list of notable people from Scotland. Actors (see also humorists)
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It took five fire crews to control the crackling crack·ling
1. The production of a succession of slight sharp snapping noises.
2. cracklings The crisp bits that remain after rendering fat from meat or frying or roasting the skin, especially of a pig or a goose. inferno - and most of the vital store was lost.
Now embarrassed Army chiefs have agreed to cough up cough
v. coughed, cough·ing, coughs
1. To expel air from the lungs suddenly and noisily, often to keep the respiratory passages free of irritating material.
2. compensation for the gaffe on midnight manoeuvres.
Farm manager David Petrie Sir David Petrie, KCB (1879 - 1961) was director general (DG) of MI5, the United Kingdom's internal security service, from 1940 to 1946. External links
Maj. Gen. told the Sunday Mail: "Their exercise was called Deep Gorge.
"It was well named. They sure left a deep gorge in our pockets ... and on our land!"
TA men and regulars from the Scottish Yeomanry yeo·man·ry
n. pl. yeo·man·ries
1. The class of yeomen; small freeholding farmers.
2. A British volunteer cavalry force organized in 1761 to serve as a home guard and later incorporated into the Territorial Army. Regiment regiment
In most armies, a body of troops headed by a colonel and divided into companies, battalions, or squadrons. French cavalry units were called regiments as early as 1558. In early U.S. were on a reconnaissance patrol See: patrol. near Crail, Fife, when disaster struck.
They set off a flare so they could see the terrain more clearly.
But a gust of wind caught the arcing torch and blew it on course for the bales.
An Army spokesman described the blaze as an "unfortunate accident".
He said: "When the men realised what had happened, the police were called and soldiers tried to remove some of the bales which were not alight.
"But the fire spread quickly and they were unable to do anything to stop it.
"We have apologised to the farmer and arrangements will be made for him to be compensated for the damage."
The bungle is the latest in a string of incidents which have thrown the TA off guard.
Last month, soldiers linked to the Glasgow-based 71 Engineer Regiment were given a rocket when 16 sheep were found shot dead after target practice in the Borders.
They were ordered to pay pounds 900 compensation to farmers.
One said: "They were supposed to be aiming at paper targets. But it seems live ones were more appealing."
Earlier this year, a Scots officer sparked a probe by using a military helicopter to fly to a golf tournament in Prestwick - after sending his clubs on ahead in a chauffeur-driven car.